I’ve changed how I organize and access my schedule a lot over the years. Last year, I went almost entirely digital, but I’ve been wanting to get back to analog lately. Unfortunately, that meant I needed a new notebook, which I didn’t have. I didn’t have any blank ones, and I didn’t feel like shopping around for a new one. So, I made one.
I have a lot of graph paper. And a lot of thread. So, I made do with what I had. I came across a minimalist bullet journal layout that I really liked and adjusted it to meet my own needs. Then, I counted out how many pages I needed to make it work for the rest of the year and stacked them up. I measured halfway on the graph paper, where I wanted the center fold to be, and used a seam ripper to puncture 4 holes. There are better, safer ways to do this, but this was the best tool I had on hand.
I used some extra embroidery floss and a needle to stitch through the holes I had made, creating the binding for the notebook. Stitched and knotted, I cut the excess and folded the notebook in half. I used a hobby knife and a ruler to trim the edges and make sure the pages were even when the notebook was closed.
And that’s it. It doesn’t have a real cover, but it’s a perfectly sized notebook for me to use as a planner. We’ll see how it works out.